An Octocentenary

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Perched on a promontory high above the Blackwater river Dromana, County Waterford has been home to successive generations of the same family for the past 800 years. Originally built for the FitzGerald family, the property frequently passed through the female line without ever changing hands. From the late 1700s until demolition in the 1960s a large house abutted that seen above which in its present form dates from the first decades of the 18th century and features a cut-limestone Gibbsian doorway. The history of Dromana, its owners and their shifting fortunes will be explored on site from tomorrow until Sunday during which the Irish Aesthete will be among the speakers; for more information, see http://www.dromana800.com.
Below is a coat of arms of the Villiers family which has long been associated with the place. The motto Fidei Coticula Crux translates as The Cross is the Touchstone of Faith.

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3 comments on “An Octocentenary

  1. jtjphelan says:

    Did a Photo shoot there several years ago. Barbara and her mother were so kind and lovely. Although I knew of the event I was unable to attend. Hope to pay them a visit again some day.

  2. Robert Graham says:

    This article was posted on 1st July, 2015 and you say “The history of Dromana, its owners and their shifting fortunes will be explored on site from tomorrow until Sunday” but I can’t find anymore articles on Dromana and the link to Dromana800 has been deactivated. Help…………
    Was the history ever published? If so, please direct me to the webpage.
    Thank you and by the way I am an ardent follower of your site having discovered it with a Google search for history on various Anglo-Irish families in Tipperary a month or so ago.

    • Thank you for getting in touch. Alas, that was five years ago, and the history (and the various talks we all gave) were not published I’m afraid. Dromana’s own site (https://dromanahouse.com) is pretty good for information, but otherwise I’m not sure where to direct you I’m afraid; have you written directly to the owners (info@dromanahouse.com), as if you have any specific enquiries, I’m sure they’d be most helpful…

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